The Warmth of the Sun
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|"The Warmth of the Sun"|
|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album Shut Down Volume 2|
|A-side||"Dance, Dance, Dance"|
|Released||October 26, 1964|
|Recorded||January 1, 1964
January 8, 1964
|Writer(s)||Brian Wilson, Mike Love|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"The Warmth of the Sun" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2 and as the B-side of the "Dance, Dance, Dance" single, which charted at number eight in the United States and number twenty-four in the United Kingdom. Brian Wilson produced the song, and the rest of the album.
Brian Wilson and Mike Love began writing the song in the early hours of the morning before John F. Kennedy's assassination. Their completion of the song, in a hotel room later that day, was informed by the emotional shock felt by its authors, having heard about Kennedy's death.
"The Warmth of the Sun" was started in the early morning hours of the same morning that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas. The melody was so haunting, sad, melancholy, that the only thing that I could think of lyrically was the loss of love, when interest slips and feelings aren't reciprocated... though I wanted to have a silver lining on that cumulus nimbus cloud so I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of, 'Yes, things have changed and love is no longer there, but the memory of it lingers like the warmth of the sun.' I think it's really impactful and memorable... one of my favorite songs from an emotional and personal point of view." Mike Love, 2007
Donald A. Guarisco who recently reviewed the song stated "The sublime balance of lush vocals and sensitive songwriting made "The Warmth of the Sun" one of the Beach Boys' finest and most moving ballads." Brian Wilson pioneered the use of adventurous chord changes in pop - "The Warmth of the Sun"'s transitions from C to A-minor to E-flat, were unheard of in 1964.
Vince Gill performed a cover version at "An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001)" concert.
In 2010, Rumer recorded a version on the b-side of her single "Aretha".
Shelby Flint and Tim Weston, "Wouldn't It Be Nice, A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson"
 Brian Wilson "I just wasn't made for these times" DVD in which he talks about the writing of "The Warmth of the Sun"